Below are Marylou Marcus' answers to selected questions submitted by students and parents.
Question (Q): Our daughter is underachieving in her local
high school. We're considering boarding schools b/c of the small
class size and structured environment. Since it’s so late in
the summer, are there still schools that have spaces available for
Marylou Marcus (MM): Yes,
you can still secure a position in a boarding school for the fall
of 2003. Your daughter will be held more accountable in a small,
more structured school.
Q: I am a looking for
a high school for my senior year that will challenge me. I’m
not happy with my current school, and I'm looking for something better
for my final year of secondary school before going to college. (I
need a school that offers honor and AP level classes).
you are looking to be a senior for the upcoming school year, you
may have difficulty securing a position at this late. If you are
looking for the 2004-2005 school year, you should not have as much
difficulty, especially if you are looking at schools with a post
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of single sex
a single-sex school, there is the potential for more personal and
social growth, the opportunity to be independent and assume leadership
responsibilities, and to treat each other with respect and compassion.
Q: I am looking for a school that is specifically for the
artistically gifted. It can be either a boarding or a day school.
Putney, VT (802) 387-5566
Mr. Richard Cowan, Director of Admission
Q: My son is 14, doing 8th grade all over, next year. He is
ADD and struggles with the desire to do well in school. He loves
art, and of course sports, but the desire isn't there he says. He
is well behaved but we need guidance in finding the right school
need to find a small school that will challenge him in academics,
athletics, arts, and jump-start him into wanting to learn or have
the desire to learn again.
Q: How do private schools differ from public schools?
MM: Private schools differ from Public Schools in the following
Size of school
Faculty are involved 24 hours a day
No one gets lost
You will be invited onto a team
Star in a production
Captain of a team
More opportunities to assume class offices
More frequent communication between school and family